Damar Hamlin’s household grateful for assist, seeks prayers

The household of Damar Hamlin on Tuesday thanked the general public for his or her assist and requested for continued prayers for the Buffalo Payments security, who stays hospitalized in vital situation after going into cardiac arrest on the sphere in Cincinnati on Monday night time.

“On behalf of our family, we want to express our sincere gratitude for the love and support shown to Damar during this challenging time. We are deeply moved by the prayers, kind words, and donations from fans around the country,” the household stated in an announcement launched Tuesday morning.

“We also want to acknowledge the dedicated first responders and healthcare professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who have provided exceptional care to Damar. We feel so blessed to be part of the Buffalo Bills organization and to have their support. We also want to thank Coach Taylor and the Bengals for everything they’ve done. Your generosity and compassion mean the world to us. Please keep Damar in your prayers. We will release updates as soon as we have them.”

Based on the Payments, he’s presently sedated and listed in vital situation.

A number of groups canceled media availability on Tuesday out of respect to Hamlin, together with the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars, who canceled the remainder of their availability after guard Brandon Scherff spoke.

Bengals president Mike Brown stated in an announcement Tuesday morning that the workforce’s “hearts are with everyone in this unprecedented time — what we can do is support one another.”

“Last night was supposed to be a great night for the NFL and a great showcase for our hometown. Instead, the human side of our sport became paramount … and in that moment, humanity and love rose to the forefront,” Brown stated within the assertion. “As medical personnel undertook extraordinary measures, both teams demonstrated respect and compassion while fans in the stadium and people around the country bolstered the support for Damar and love for each other. “The Bengals are grateful for the love and compassion proven by all. Praying for Damar.”

Hamlin, 24, had his heartbeat restored on the field after suffering cardiac arrest following a hit in the Bills’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals, which was later postponed. CPR was administered to Hamlin on the field for multiple minutes after he collapsed following his tackle of Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. Hamlin received oxygen, according to the ESPN broadcast, as he was placed in the ambulance and taken off the field some 16 minutes after he collapsed. He then was driven to the nearby University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Hamlin was selected in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL draft out of Pittsburgh, with the Bills taking him with the No. 212 overall pick.

He has been starting for the Bills this season in place of injured safety Micah Hyde, who has been on injured reserve since suffering a neck injury in Week 2. Hamlin entered Monday tied for the second-most tackles on the team (91), and he has one forced fumble and 1.5 sacks this year, making 13 starts.

Hamlin has a foundation, Chasing M’s, that has been raising money for a toy drive. His stated goal was $2,500, but by early Tuesday morning, donations had surged to nearly $4 million.

One of the nation’s top cornerbacks in the Class of 2016 out of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, Hamlin chose to play for Pitt over Ohio State and Penn State. He delivered, becoming a three-year starter and one of the most reliable players on a defense that required much from him at the safety position.

In his final season at Pitt in 2020, Hamlin was a second-team All-ACC selection, leading the Panthers with 67 tackles and seven pass breakups. After Hamlin was drafted, Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi told WGRZ-TV: “He is obtained that coronary heart. He is obtained the management. I imply, our whole protection revolved round him. Damar will go up there, present his abilities off. I believe he is so versatile.”

After Hamlin exited the field, Bills players knelt together in a circle and then returned to the sideline, with the defense heading back on the field to resume play. Buffalo wide receiver Stefon Diggs called everyone over for a word. However, instead of resuming play, Bengals coach Zac Taylor walked over to Bills counterpart Sean McDermott and met with the game officials present. The decision was then made to temporarily pause the game, which the Bengals were leading 7-3, before the league ultimately chose to postpone it.

Diggs and Taylor were among those who went to the hospital later Monday night, while some fans gathered outside it as well.

The majority of the Bills team remained at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati well into Monday night. The team departed shortly after midnight and returned to Buffalo.

“Our ideas are with Damar and the Buffalo Payments. We’ll present extra data because it turns into out there,” the league said in a statement on Monday night. “The NFL has been in fixed communication with the NFL Gamers Affiliation which is in settlement with suspending the sport.”

The NFL Referees Association said Tuesday in a statement that they “totally assist” the suspension of the sport.

ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg contributed to this report.